OWENSVILLE — Like other area towns, Owensville is looking to have citizens work out payment plans to take care of overdue water bills once Governor Eric Holcomb’s executive order is lifted.

The order is currently set through Aug. 14, and no shutoffs or late fees can be handed out by local municipalities.

The Owensville Town Board approved a contract payment agreement plan during its meeting Tuesday evening that will help the town hall employees set up residents to catch up on their bills.

There are 20 customers in town that are two months or more behind, totaling $7,036.95.

Clerk-treasurer Vanessa Riggs said the water department has sent letters to those customers letting them know their balance, but has not received any response.

The agreement approved by the town sets up a plan for customers to catch up with their bills within six months. Town attorney Roman Ricker encouraged the board to approve the agreement, but with the caveat that deviations be allowed to that six-month time frame as long as real efforts are being made.

Ricker said the executive order was designed to help citizens out, not to allow them to decline their obligations.

“If they aren’t willing to get on board and help up work it out,” he said. “We’ll work it out for them.”

Ricker said he would encourage the town to work with the customers who are willing to reach out and work with them as much as possible.

Other businessThe board tabled discussion on a potential increase to the town water meter deposit. It is currently set at $150 and clerk-treasurer Vanessa Riggs suggested it be raised.

There will be a public hearing for the 2021 budget at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at the town hall. The budget is available through the town hall for anyone who would like to see it prior to the meeting. The regular meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.

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